Podcast Producer, the Water Main #197-19

American Public Media - Saint Paul, MN4.2

Full-time
Who We Are:
Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) is one of the nation's premier public radio stations producing programming for radio, digital and live audiences and operates a 46-station radio network serving nearly all of Minnesota and parts of surrounding states. Reaching 1 million listeners each week, MPR and its three regional services' MPR News, Classical MPR and The Current' produce programming for radio, digital and live audiences.

American Public Media is the largest station-based public radio organization in the U.S., combining multi-regional station operations, national content creation and distribution in one organization. With a portfolio that includes Live from Here with Chris Thile, BBC World Service, Marketplace and the leading classical music programming in the nation, APM is one of the largest producers of public radio programming in the world. One thousand stations carry American Public Media's 20-plus national programs. Its multi-regional station operations include 49 public radio stations and 42 translators in the Upper Midwest and California.

Your Role:
Are you a crack audio producer who also cares about water? Come join our team and help build public will for protecting fresh water resources.

American Public Media is hiring a Podcast Producer to join its growing Water Main impact team. As the Producer you will work to develop and produce new podcasts designed to engage key audiences and boost Americans' understanding and connection with water. In your role you will work in close collaboration with APM's award winning On Demand team.

We're looking for a creative producer who has excellent production chops; is an experienced booker, audio editor, and researcher; is well organized and detail-oriented; follows podcasts obsessively; knows how to identify memorable characters and tell a great story; and will thrive working in collaboration with podcast hosts and other Water Main team members. In your role as Producer you will play a crucial role in the development, launch and execution of new shows.

You should feel comfortable working within a mission-driven framework that differs from traditional journalistic ventures. Our initiative has specific goals of improving Americans' "Water IQ" (understanding of key water issues and possible solutions) and Water EQ (an affinity and personal connection to water). Our internally developed strategies for increasing Water IQ and EQ will drive podcast ideation and execution.

You will be self-motivated, a good team member, and have extensive audio editing/writing experience. As Producer you will need to experiment with and troubleshoot potentially complex recording set-ups. We use Pro Tools and would like you to as well. Experience with structuring narratives is essential, and some sound design/scoring ability is preferred.

Strong preference for applicants with prior experience in podcast production.

This is a temporary, full-time position that lasts for 12 months (with the strong possibility of extension).

You can learn more about the Water Main at watermain.org

Application Deadline: February 5, 2019

POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES:
Collaborate with APM Podcasts to develop, execute and launch new water-focused podcasts
Ideate and research topics for new podcasts and for individual episodes
Pre-interview guests and book interviews for hosts
Conduct interviews when appropriateResearch and write for the podcast, including tracking and organizing research materials, permissions, content acquisition, etc
Edit audio
Write scripts
Conduct production in the field/on location
Edit programs within required deadlines
Collaborate with other team members on editorial content and and narrative approach
Report and voice pieces for the show, when/if necessary
Collaborate with digital producers and marketing staff to identify and execute digital and social media projects to complement the podcast content

Required Education and Experience:
Bachelor's Degree or equivalent work experience
5+ years of journalism, radio/podcast production, or reporting experience
Experience in audio production and digital audio editing
Experience in writing podcast or broadcast scripts
Experience field producing and recording
Experience in project management with multiple departments

Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:
Ability to conceive, plan, and execute a podcast
Resourcefulness and ability to solve problems
Ability to work with initiative and good judgment
Ability to work effectively with minimal supervision
Possess solid story-telling credentials
Ability to write smart, compelling content for a variety of platforms quickly
Ability to think big and create memorable audio
Ability to manage myriad daily details of production
Ability to be flexible under deadline pressure and to work effectively and collaboratively with host and other staff
Possess high journalistic standards
Experience with structuring narratives for audio
Ability to create a vision for podcast show topics
Strong organizational and communication skills
Ability to edit and mix high quality programming with Pro Tools or other designated software
Proven ability to contribute to a positive, diverse, creative, high performance culture
Ability to evaluate content/quality/sound and act decisively
Extensive knowledge of digital audio broadcast software and techniques, studio and field production
Ability to produce programs of national quality
Knowledge of environmental issues in general, and water issues in particular
Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

Strong preference for applicants with prior experience in podcast production
Knowledge of water science and its particular set of environmental and policy issues
Experience explaining complex science concepts in clear and compelling ways
Knowledge of multi-track and broadcast consoles
Sound design/scoring ability
Familiarity with ISDN, telephone, and interfaces such as Skype and Ringr
Knowledge of and ability to work with ProTools
Photography skills

Physical Demands and Working Conditions:
Must be able to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.

Physical Demands:
Required to move about in an office environment and sit for extended periods of time
Required to move about in the community
Frequent use of hands for data entry/keystrokes and simple grasping

Working Conditions:
Moderate noise level
Occasional exposure to prevalent weather conditions
Diversity creates a healthier atmosphere: All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.

We are committed to hiring a breadth of diverse professionals and encourage members of diverse groups to apply.